New Zealand has taken action to increase its minimum wage for seasonal workers, create a new Ukraine Resident Visa, and update its List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (LQEA).

Key Points

  • On April 1, the minimum wage for Recognized Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers increases to NZ$25.47 (about US$15.50) from NZ$24.97, which is equal to the new New Zealand minimum wage plus 10 percent for RSE workers.
  • The new Ukraine Resident Visa is available to those who arrived on a 2022 Special Ukraine Visa, opened on March 16, 2024, and will remain open for two years.
  • Updates to the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment, aimed at streamlining visa pathways for applicants who hold overseas qualifications, go into effect March 25, 2024.

Background: More information is available at Immigration New Zealand.

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